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Romanians vote in local elections amid virus surge

Bucharest - Mask-clad Romanians started voting Sunday to choose mayors and local councillors, but a coronavirus surge threatens to hit the first electoral test after years of political turbulence with a high abstention rate.

Impunity robs Romania trafficking victims of justice

Bucharest - "I want him to pay for everything I've suffered," says a short, frail 24-year-old Romanian who was forced into prostitution by a man who duped her.

Romanian doctors fight surge in virus cases and conspiracy theories

Timisoara - After almost four months of treating coronavirus patients in the western Romanian city of Timisoara, doctor Virgil Musta is not only facing a surge in new daily cases, but also a string of conspiracy theories.

'Slipped the net': Iranian judge's mysterious death angers activists

Paris - The unexplained death of a fugitive Iranian judge, who plunged from a top floor of his hotel in Bucharest last week, has infuriated activists who say a rare chance has been missed to bring a senior Iranian official to justice over alleged rights violat...

With few computers, Romania and Bulgaria face homeschool hurdles

Darova - Maria Avadanei is exhilarated: after receiving a tablet as a donation, she can finally take her online lessons."I was afraid of failing my classes," says the 15-year-old from Darova, a rural commune in Transylvania in western Romania.

'No gloves, no masks': Romania medical workers fear for lives in virus fight

Bucharest - "We don't have gloves, masks, anything," says one of the medical team at southeastern Romania's Ramnicu Sarat hospital, one of those designated to treat COVID-19 patients.

Coronavirus crisis hits Romania's 'invisible' homeless

Bucharest - Roaming Bucharest's deserted streets under the coronavirus lockdown no longer turns up scraps of food, with Romania's homeless instead facing insults and deeper isolation.

Romanians who scammed $1m in diamonds jailed in France

Castres - Three Romanians were sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday for stealing diamonds worth $1.1 million in an elaborate swindle of a French jeweller and his Indian business partner.

Romanian president nominates economist as PM

Bucharest - Romania's president Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday nominated economist Florin Citu from the National Liberal Party (PNL) as prime minister of a country suffering a prolonged political crisis.

Romanian boxer inspires girls to knock out poverty

Buzau - Steluta Duta was a teenaged orphan living on the streets when, one cold January day in 2002, she stepped through the door of a boxing gym in the town of Buzau and embarked on her unlikely path to becoming an elite athlete.

EU Commission warns Romania over illegal logging

Bucharest - The European Commission on Wednesday put Romania on notice over its illegal logging, launching a sanctions procedure that could see Bucharest brought in front of a court and penalised.

Romania's liberal government falls after three months in office

Bucharest - Romania's liberal government collapsed in a parliamentary no-confidence vote on Wednesday after only three months in office, bringing the EU member closer to early elections.

Romania honours Roma Holocaust survivors

Bucharest - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis paid tribute Monday to Roma victims of the Holocaust, awarding honours to three survivors in a ceremony that marked 75 years since Auschwitz was liberated.

Sheep rescued from capsized ship await adoption in Romania

Peris - The 180 sheep rescued from a cargo ship that capsized carrying 14,600 animals are staying in a shelter in Romania as they wait to be moved to sanctuaries or adopted, an activist group said Wednesday.

Romanians pay tribute to victims of 1989 revolution

Bucharest - Thousands of people marched in the Romanian capital Bucharest on Sunday to remember those who lost their lives in the revolution 30 years ago that ended the communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu.

Misinformation from the archives: Timisoara's 'mass graves'

Timisoara - Naked bodies lined up in the mud in a cemetery in Romania: the city of Timisoara, crucible of the anti-communist revolution in 1989, is also remembered for one of the most infamous examples of misinformation in the modern era.

Romania's 1989 revolution in five testimonies

Bucharest - In December 1989, Romania was shaken by 10 days of protests that led to the fall of Europe's last communist dictatorship.

One of Romania's 'children of the decree' fights for change

Bucharest - Three decades after the collapse of communism in Romania, Visinel Balan still has fresh memories of one of its most infamous legacies -- the orphanage system in which he grew up.

Romania's 1989 generation relive pain at ex-president's trial

Bucharest - On the morning of December 22, 1989, Bogdan Stan drank his usual cup of coffee and went to join the wave of protests against Romania's communist regime.Shortly after, he was shot and killed in front of the state TV building.

Rescuers scramble to save sheep after Romania capsize

Bucharest - Romanian emergency teams managed to save 26 sheep on Tuesday, two days after a vessel carrying 14,600 animals sank off the Romanian coast.

Thousands of sheep feared dead in Romania capsize

Bucharest - Thousands of sheep were feared dead Monday a day after a vessel overturned off the Romanian coast, leading to renewed calls for a ban on the controversial sea transport of livestock.

Thousands of sheep feared dead after vessel capsizes off Romania

Bucharest - Thousands of sheep were feared dead Monday a day after a vessel carrying almost 15,000 of them overturned off the Romanian coast, leading to renewed calls for a ban on the controversial sea transport of livestock.

Ship with 14,600 sheep aboard capsizes off Romania

Bucharest - Rescuers were struggling Sunday to save 14,600 sheep loaded on a cargo ship that capsized in the Black Sea off the coast of Romania, they said.

Klaus Iohannis, Romania's 'firefighter' president

Bucharest - Klaus Iohannis, who was re-elected Romania's president by a landslide on Sunday, has described himself as a "firefighter who prevented Romania from collapsing".

Pro-European Iohannis re-elected as Romanian president

Bucharest - Incumbent Klaus Iohannis won re-election as Romanian president on Sunday, confirming the pro-European trajectory of the eastern EU member state.

Romania's forests under mounting threat -- along with rangers

Like thick wrinkles, a multitude of dirt roads cut through barren slopes in Romania's mountainous Valea Rea region, showing the impact of aggressive illegal logging -- which is not just threatening its rare forests but human life too.

Romania votes for president with liberal incumbent favoured

Bucharest - Romania voted in the first round of a presidential election on Sunday, with pro-European incumbent Klaus Iohannis the favourite to win, potentially adding to a liberal fightback against the region's prevailing nationalism.

Romania set to reaffirm pro-EU stance in presidential vote

Bucharest - When Romanians vote in the presidential elections starting Sunday, they are widely expected to reaffirm their pro-EU stance at a time when the European project finds itself under increasing attack from nationalistic sentiment in some of its members.

Romania presidential hopefuls court crucial emigrant vote

Curtea De Arges - With a religious icon pinned to a wall, washing hung out to dry, and a table and two chairs standing on a terrace, Paraiesti looks like almost any other village in rural Romania -- at least at first glance.

In bear country Romania, cohabitation grows strenuous

When Maria Lacatus' son opened the barn door, it was already too late. "The bear had one of the pigs in its claws," the sobbing 86-year-old says.
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